Black Lives Matter-L.A. protest in response to the killing of Dijon Kizzee

Black Lives Matter Los Angeles organizers and protesters gathered in front of the Hall of Justice in downtown Los Angeles, Calif. on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020.

Samantha Bravo, Assistant News Editor

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — On Monday, Los Angeles County Sheriff deputies shot and killed 29-year-old Dijon Kizzee during a confrontation in Westmont after being stopped on his bicycle for a “violation of vehicle codes,” according to CNN.

Kizzee was riding his bicycle on Monday afternoon when deputies approached him. He got off his bicycle and ran away from the deputies, who caught up with Kizzee and approached him again.

According to the Los Angeles Sheriff Department statement, an altercation broke out when deputies made contact with Kizzee, who allegedly punched a deputy in the face and subsequently dropped a jacket and a semi-automatic handgun. Deputies shot Kizzee when he “made a motion” toward the gun, according to the statement.

A grainy video of the shooting obtained by the Los Angeles Times showed multiple shots were fired toward Kizzee as he ran and fell away from the deputies.

Ben Crump, a prominent national civil right attorney who is representing the family of Kizzee, said the autopsy will determine how many times Kizzee was shot, according to USA Today.

The deputies involved in the shooting have been “removed from the field” as the incident is under investigation, according to the LASD.

Black Lives Matter Los Angeles organized a protest Wednesday afternoon in front of the Hall of Justice in downtown Los Angeles in response to the killing of Kizzee and to continue protesting against District Attorney Jackie Lacey.

This comes after two days of protests outside the South L.A. Sheriff’s Station, where protesters were demanding justice for Kizzee.

Thandiwe Abdullah, the daughter of BLM-L.A. co-founder Melina Abdullah, said in her speech that she made a will because she does not know when it will be her last day.

“Does anyone care about Black lives? You can sit and post a black screen, but what are you doing?” Thandiwe Abdullah, 16, said. “This is your duty to fight for our freedom.”

Kendrick Sampson, an actor and founder of the activist group BLD PWR, led a number of chants and responded to Thandiwe Abdullah’s speech.

“They’re writing a will just in case something happens to them, because nobody cares about Black lives, and they have all that evidence to back that up,” Sampson said. “If that [doesn’t] make you want to do something, if that [doesn’t] make you want to end the system, you need to take a real hard look at yourself.”

During Sampson’s speech, the crowd noticed L.A. County sheriff deputies taking photos of the crowd from the fourth floor parking garage near the Hall of Justice building. Sampson said the sheriffs are committing acts of surveillance on the community.

“They’re looking at how to pick us apart, they’re trying to find a problem,” Sampson said. “They want us to be peaceful. Have you ever heard a gun go off? It’s not peaceful. Nothing about this is peaceful.”

As the crowd listened to speeches, activist groups provided protesters with beverages and BLM merchandise. The International Indigenous Youth Council provided free BLM patches that read, “Black Trans Lives Matter” and “George Floyd” to protesters.

Kizzee’s partner, Jonnetta Ewing, said she was grateful to see everyone come out and support her. “He would’ve loved to see this,” she said.

Speeches from BLM-L.A. organizers ended and a group of protesters marched down Spring Street around 6 p.m.